Govt sets date for eviction notices
|Author: Craig Bees||Published: 14th September 2021 10:08|
News this week for landlords and renters with the Government confirming that notice periods for evictions in England will return to normal next month (on October 1 2021) as planned with the note that they could again be curtailed if the pandemic were to worsen.
This means landlords giving notice of their intention to evict via either a Section 21 or Section 8 notice will need to give two months notice, down from six months prior to October 1.
It has now been 18 months since the Government introduced emergency measures as part of the Coronavirus Act 2020 that protect renters by requiring landlords to provide longer notice periods when seeking possession of residential property in the social and private rental sectors.
These were modified several times during the long months of the pandemic depending on the reasons for the eviction.
A statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “While these measures were appropriate at the height of the pandemic, these restrictions could only ever be temporary. Returning notice periods to their pre-COVID lengths from October will allow landlords to repossess their property where necessary.
“However, we intend to retain the power to implement these measures again in case the public health situation worsens and these measures are required again.”
The Government has laid a statutory instrument in parliament to return notice periods to their pre-Covid terms, but has inserted a clause that will allow them to be reinstated up until March 25 2022 ‘should the future public health situation warrant a further extension ’.
Paul Shamplina ,founder of Landlord Action, says: “We have had numerous landlords contact us who are holding back on serving Section 21 notices, counting down the days until October 1 when, finally, we will all have normality when serving section 21 Form 6a notices.
“During the week commencing October 1 we will be serving above-average numbers of notices on tenants. There has been a massive rise in landlords telling us they want possession so that they can sell up. But how well the courts deal with a huge rise in section 21 claims and how quickly they are dealt with is another matter.”
Isobel Thomson, Chief Executive of property industry organisation SafeAgent, added: “We welcome the clarity from Government regarding notice periods and the return to a reasonable and fair timescale for landlords to be able to obtain possession of their property where appropriate.
“We feel that recognition should be given to the proven ability of landlords, tenants and agents who during the pandemic have worked together to maintain tenancies. When notice periods return to pre-COVID levels we don’t believe there will be any less appetite to sustain those tenancies or that we’ll see a sudden spike in evictions.”
Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club News
Great to report the season ending with a flurry of wins as the victory at Crick Lions was followed by equally impressive performances (and wins) against Pattishall and SNCC.
At Pattishall on a baking, hot afternoon a ten-man B&FCC side put on a commanding 179-7 off their allotted 25 overs, largely due to a stunning unbeaten 74 by captain on the day Stephen Nelligan who continued his excellent late season form taking apart the Pattishall attack, especially when he returned to the crease later in the innings. In total he hit four sixes and eight fours to stake a serious claim for the club’s 2021 batting award.
Ably supported by opener Grady Nightingale with an unbeaten 30, and Colin Scott, 17, the home side struggled to match the asking rate of over seven an over, as they lost early wickets. Pick of the visiting bowlers was Graeme Whitcroft with 2-20, well supported by the Nightingales (chairman Andy, son Grady) and Dicks (Will and George) father and son combinations as well as impressive late containing spells from Nelligan and Scott.
Apart from man of the match Nelligan, who captained superbly despite only having 10 men, special mention goes to wicket-keeper Keith Dyke who, apart from producing an unbeaten and valuable 14 runs, kept excellently in difficult conditions. Well done Keith!
The final match of the season saw an equally good performance result in a 25-run victory at home to SNCC in a 30 over game. Batting first B&FCC struggled initially against a strong visiting attack until a valuable last wicket partnership between Ed Hall and Matt Haslam, including a final ball soaring six over long on, made the final total a respectable 135.
Earlier Ryan Haynes made an important 28 in an innings that featured three stumpings in one over, a remarkable achievement by the visiting keeper and statistic.
In reply the visitors started well but were pegged back by a superb bowling spell from captain Stephen Nelligan who recorded the club’s third ‘five for’ finishing off the innings in the penultimate over and figures of 5-5. He was well supported by Andy Nightingale (2-6), Ollie Webb (2-6) and George Whitcroft (1-12).
Despite the accurate home bowling, SNCC were always in the game but as the required run rate increased fell just short. A good match and great way to end the season for B&FCC, thanks to SNCC captain Andy Preston and his side for playing the game in the right spirit.
Disappointing to report that there will be no club tour this year, here’s looking for better news in 2022.
Off the field, the club are holding a fund-raising “race” night on Saturday 16th October at Farthingstone Village Hall (7pm start) to help with essential ground repairs and development in time for the 2022 season.
All welcome, be great to see you there. The village hall is situated on Maidford Road, Farthingstone near the church.
Monthly draw: still time to enter September’s award and your chance to win a case of Italian wines (red/whites/mixed)
How To Enter: every valuation and instruction for sale or rental between now and Friday September 24 will be entered, the winners being notified by e-mail.
So if you’re thinking of selling or letting your property and want to win this great prize call (01327) 359164 and speak to our sales or lettings team.
Craig Bees, MD Bartram & Co
Tel: (01327) 359164.